Friday, February 12, 2010

Wow. If you remember, i was really upset over a certain person (X) who was, in my opinion, giving me plenty trouble. Simply put, person in authority who might've been able to help me had her hands tied. X is a "big shot", so it's not so easy to change status quo.

I prayed about it very honestly to Father God. You know, just telling Him how i really felt about her and the whole situation. I specifically asked Father for X to take the initiative to opt out. As i was asking God for that, it occured to me that that scenario happening actually seemed very unlikely/impossible.

But i remembered the story of Gideon. Of how Gideon went to war with only 300 men each armed with a trumpet, clay pitcher and a torch against thousands and thousands of enemies, and won it. I mean, who in the world goes to war with a flower pot, a musical instrument and a simple light source?! Much less, WIN it?

Gideon did. Because He had a God more awesome than any million of battle worthy soldiers.
And so do I.

So, i just had faith that my God is a God who works in funny ways which i'll never come up with and He'll make a way for me. So i just did my part: be nice, respectful and do what needed to be done.

Until now, i find it hard to actually realize that God really answered my prayer the exact way I had hoped for, just in the nick of time. A prayer completely answered though it had seemed so unlikely!

16 comments:

zenn said...

i shud pray for my own troubles as well....pls god, help me! i m so in a rough patch. u know wat i mean

zen said...

by the way, happy chinese new year!

joline said...

zen:

Yup, a happy Chinese New Year to you! Once again, thanks for your card. :)

Actually yes, you can certainly pray for help for your troubles too dear. :) God hears you and He will help you out.

zen said...

i did. i know somehow someday tings will look up. god blessed all of us here!

joline said...

zen:

sounds like you have put on your hope in a bigger being in your life. :) do you still go to the temple?

z said...

i just went. funny thing is i pray in temple, but i also pray to God. Seems like i believe in both buddhism n christainity

Joline said...

z:

that's interesting. :) what is it in Buddhism that you believe in, and what is it in Christianity that you believe in?

zen said...

to me, is a blur between the two gods. i pray in english to GOD but i still go temple to pray and donate money.weird huh....but tats me.

joline said...

zen:

which is interesting. :) have u ever wondered why?

zzen said...

i did. cant figure out why though. any idea? hw come i pray to buddha in english??!!!when i ask for help, i pray in english, means i dunno i prayin to god or buddha?

joline said...

zzen:

i doubt it has much to do with language, more like who you truly believe in. ;)

zzen said...

i believe in both.i m sure they dont mind.HAhahah

Joline said...

zzen:

I'm not sure about Buddha, but things are a little different in Christianity actually.

zenn said...

really?

Joline said...

zenn:

yups. if you wld allow me to explain as shortly as possible...
(i use the term "God" here to refer to the Christian God)

God loves all of us, whether we believe in Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, etc. It doesn't matter one bit to Him, he loves us (that's why he sent Jesus for us yonks ago) and he will listen to us when we call out to him.

while God loves us, he wants us to belong to him as his own, and have a close relationship with us. (that's happens when we decide to believe in Jesus, God's son who through dying as a sinless man, taking away all our sins and puts them upon himself, reconciling us with God. Reason: God is holy and cannot co-exist with sin).

here is a very simple and moving video to illustrate this, but in more familiar terms. I cried so much watching this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZN8HQ8vKNE

because of what was done for us on the cross (now sinless, thanks to Father God and Jesus), we at some point in time, can no longer serve two gods, but humbly dedicate our lives to just God only.

zzen said...

i m less angry le. so god did answered my prayers. i see it as a lesson.i have to learn the lessons and nt repeat the mistake ke